Creamcake’s 2nd “<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>” experimental symposium is taking place at Berlin’s Südblock and aquarium on April 13. The day and night-long series runs across the two community spaces and includes events exploring what it means to inhabit a (sexed, gendered, raced, ageing, cyborgian) body. Following the daytime program of lectures, panels and conversations, there will be live performances at Südblock including fashion designer and drag performer Daglara, music producer, performance artist and creative director KARMA SHE, multimedia artist Marija Bozinovska Jones, artist, producer and performer Tarek X, and producer Ziúr and more.
Kicking off the day at aquarium will be a morning workshop by yoga teacher Victoria Larsson and political scientist Anna Stiede, called “Are we cyborgs yet?” and bringing the discipline of mind, body and spirit in conversation with ideas of self-care and the physicality of experiencing smart technology. Cibelle Cavalli Bastos’ “Ævtar/Deprogram: scanning for malware / “a”, not “I” #debinarize” will follow with a metaphorical approach to looking at ideas of human (self-) perception in relation to computational systems and ideas of presence and radical empathy. There will be a lecture by activist and cyberpunk pioneer Diana McCarty exploring gender as a conflicted space for revolutionaries in Alexander Bogdanov’s 1908 utopic fiction Red Star, as well Lina Bonde and Zülfukar Çetin’s presentation of the “European HIV/AIDS Archive” oral history section with a specific focus on the context in Turkey. Göksu Kunak a.k.a Gucci Chunk’s “Döner-Blackout or Press Conference: Testo Soap” lecture-performance contemplates this dystopian moment of pharmocapitalism, wor(l)d-s/ing and gender-hacking, as well as the governmental politics around population control. There will be a conversation between Lou Drago and Doireann O’Malley exploring what Cyberfeminism means to *Trans bodies and lives in her Prototypes film series, while shawné michaelain holloway’s performative lecture “.EXE”, visualizes technology’s relationship to the body, asking questions about what has historically acted on it and how.
The second “<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>” conference gives its digital queer community the space it needs to share a much-needed voice.